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The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature

The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese literature is a 10,000-volume collection that covers many aspects of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American literature and history, including books on art, science, law, and theology. As a collection, the Ticknor Collection is remarkable for its completeness in all that pertains to Spanish literature and belles lettres. Many of these volumes are first editions and handwritten manuscripts that are exceedingly rare. The materials are primarily in Spanish, some are in Portuguese, and selected volumes are in Catalan.
A Harvard professor of Spanish and French and a founding trustee of the Boston Public Library, George Ticknor developed this collection while traveling through Spain and Portugal in 1818. The collection wasbequeathed to the library in 1871 and has grown to its present size from the original bequest of 3,907 books.
The collection is especially rich in every phase of Spanish literature, from early editions of Don Quixote (1605) to the manuscript of Lope de Vega’s El Castigo sin Venganza and from the earliest edition of Celestina (Seville, 1502) to the Obras of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, the 17th-century Mexican poet. The collection is an important source for major collections of authors such as Pedro Calderon de la Barca, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Benito Geronimo Feyjoo y Montenegro, Luiz de Camoens, Luiz Velez de Guevara, and Fernan Caballero. Among the rare historical and political works that can be found are Los Tratados del Doctor Alonso Ortiz (1493) by Alonso Ortiz, which contain the earliest reference to the discoveries of Columbus.

Critical funding to support long-term preservation of and enhanced public access to Boston Public Library collections, including this one, was provided by the Associates of the Boston Public Library.

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Spanish drama
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Catholic Church
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calderón de la barca, pedro, 1600-1681
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ticknor, george, 1791-1871, former owner
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valladares de sotomayor, antonio, editor
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moreto, agustín, 1618-1669
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carvalho da costa, antonio, 1650-1715
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salazar de mendoza, pedro, d. 1629
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The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
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Editors: v. 1-5, M.F. Navarrete, M. Salvá and P.S. de Baranda.--v. 6-22, M. Salvá and P.S. Baranda.--v. 23, M. Salvá.--v. 24-31, the Marquis of Pidal and M. Salvá.--v. 32-47, the Marquis of Pidal, the Marquis of Miraflores and M. Salvá.--v. 48-56, the Marquis of Miraflores and M. Salvá.--v. 57-59, M. Salvá and the Marquis of La Fuensanta del Valle.--v. 60-67, the Marquis of La Fuensanta del Valle and J.S. Rayon.--v. 68-102, the Marquis of La Fuensanta del Valle, J.S. Rayon and F. de...
Colophon: En Madrid, En casa de Luys Sanchez, Año M. DC.
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Haëdo, Diego de; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de, 1547-1616; Flatow, Bernard J; Ticknor, George, 1791-1871. former owner
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Contains an account of the captivity of Cervantes in Algiers
Topic: Slavery
Source: bplill
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Sandoval, Prudencio de, ca. 1560-1620; Parker, Theodore, 1810-1860, former owner; Ticknor, George, 1791-1871, former owner
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Boston Public Library (Rare Books Department) volumes: vol. 1 has both an engraved title-page and a printed one; vol. 2 has only an engraved title-page; 4260.12 belonged to Theodore Parker; D.121.7 ex libris (bookplate) George Ticknor
Topic: Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, 1500-1558
Boston Public Library (Rare Books Department) copy ex libris (bookplate): George Ticknor
Topics: González de Mendoza, Pedro, Cardinals, Cardinals
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Ticknor, George, 1791-1871, former owner. BRL
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Editors: v. 1-5, M.F. Navarrete, M. Salvá and P.S. de Baranda.--v. 6-22, M. Salvá and P.S. Baranda.--v. 23, M. Salvá.--v. 24-31, the Marquis of Pidal and M. Salvá.--v. 32-47, the Marquis of Pidal, the Marquis of Miraflores and M. Salvá.--v. 48-56, the Marquis of Miraflores and M. Salvá.--v. 57-59, M. Salvá and the Marquis of La Fuensanta del Valle.--v. 60-67, the Marquis of La Fuensanta del Valle and J.S. Rayon.--v. 68-102, the Marquis of La Fuensanta del Valle, J.S. Rayon and F. de...
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Jerome, Saint, d. 419 or 20; Ayala, Juan de, printer; Ticknor, George 1791-1871, former owner
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Place of publication and publisher from colophon
Topics: Saints, Hermits
Source: bplill
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Topic: Spanish literature
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Topic: Spanish literature
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Topic: Spanish literature
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Topic: Spanish literature
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Sandoval, Prudencio de, ca. 1560-1620; Parker, Theodore, 1810-1860, former owner; Ticknor, George, 1791-1871, former owner
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Boston Public Library (Rare Books Department) volumes: vol. 1 has both an engraved title-page and a printed one; vol. 2 has only an engraved title-page; 4260.12 belonged to Theodore Parker; D.121.7 ex libris (bookplate) George Ticknor
Topic: Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, 1500-1558
Pedro del Corral, supposed author
Topics: Roderick, King of the Visigoths, d. 711?, Visigoths
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Salazar de Mendoza, Pedro, d. 1629; González Dávila, Gil, ca. 1578-1658; Ulloa, Bartolomé, fl. 1770, editor; Ticknor, George, 1791-1871, former owner
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In double columns
Topic: Philip III, King of Spain, 1578-1621
Headpieces; tailpieces
Topic: Spanish literature
Ex libris (annotation and bookplate): Robert Southey
Topic: Albuquerque, Afonso de, 1453-1515
Source: bplsc
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Vega, Lope de, 1562-1635; Ticknor, George, 1791-1871, former owner; Ticknor, Anna Eliot, 1823-1896, former owner.
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Autographed manuscript playtext of El Castigo sin Venganza (Punishment without Vengeance) in the hand of Lope de Vega. Authorial corrections, interlineations, and emendations throughout. License, signed by Pedro de Vargas Machuca and dated May 9, 1632, on leaf 3₁₉ recto. First printed in 1634.
Topic: Spanish drama -- Classical period, 1500-1700
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Topic: Spanish literature
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Topic: Spanish literature
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Salazar de Mendoza, Pedro, d. 1629; González Dávila, Gil, ca. 1578-1658; Ulloa, Bartolomé, fl. 1770, editor; Ticknor, George, 1791-1871, former owner
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In double columns
Topic: Philip III, King of Spain, 1578-1621
Headpieces; tailpieces
Topic: Spanish literature
Title within ornamental border: title vignette
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Saavedra Fajardo, Diego de, 1584-1648; Porres, Francisco Ignacio de; Ticknor, George, 1791-1871. fmo; Iriarte, Tomás de, 1750-1791. fmo; Rich, O. (Obadiah), 1777-1850. fmo
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"Prologo al letor" (prelim. p. [13]-[60]) by Francisco Ignacio de Porres
Topics: Literature, Authors
Source: sc
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
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In two parts, paginated continuously
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Ticknor, George, 1791-1871, former owner; Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, 1500-1558; Jerome, Saint, d. 419 or 20
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Publication information from colophon
Topic: Saints
Source: bplill
Nos. 65-72 omitted in foliation
Topic: Fernando IV, king of Castile and Leon, 1295-1312
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Topic: Spanish literature
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Pinto, Fernao Mendes, -1583; Mousinho, Manuel de Abreu. Breve discurso, em que se conta a conquista do reino de Pegu na India oriental; Tenreiro, Antonio. Itenerario; Ticknor, George, 1791-1871, former owner
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Title page in red and black with a vignette (printer's device); head- and tailpieces; initials
Topic: Voyages and travels
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Espinosa, Alonso de; Ticknor, George, 1791-1871, former owner; Riva y Herrera, Juan Miguel de la, former owner; León, Juan de, fl. 1585-1617, publisher; Mejía, Fernando, bookseller
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Signatures: A-Z8, Aa-Bb8
Source: bplill
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Schottus, Andreas, 1552-1629; Pistorius, Johann, 1546-1608; Schottus, Franciscus, 1548-1622; Karl Theodor, Elector Palatine and Elector of Bavaria, 1724-1799, former owner; Ernest, Count of Hesse-Cassel, 1623-1693, former owner; Biblioteca Palatina (Heidelberg, Germany), former owner
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Title varies; v. 3. Hispaniae illvstratæ; sev. Rervm in Hispania et præsertim in Aragonia gestarum scriptores varii. In Germania nunquam hactenus excusi. Ex bibliotheca reverendissimi domini Ioannis Pistorii ... Additæ regiarum Aragoniæ & aliarum Hispaniæ familiarum tabulæ genealogicæ, subinctus sub finem index copiosissimus. 1906. v. 4: Hispaniæ illustratae; sev, Vrbivm rervmqve hispanicarvm, academiarvm, bibliothecarvm, clarorvm deniqve in omni disciplinarvm genere scriptorum...
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Schottus, Andreas, 1552-1629; Pistorius, Johann, 1546-1608; Schottus, Franciscus, 1548-1622; Karl Theodor, Elector Palatine and Elector of Bavaria, 1724-1799, former owner; Ernest, Count of Hesse-Cassel, 1623-1693, former owner; Biblioteca Palatina (Heidelberg, Germany), former owner
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Title varies; v. 3. Hispaniae illvstratæ; sev. Rervm in Hispania et præsertim in Aragonia gestarum scriptores varii. In Germania nunquam hactenus excusi. Ex bibliotheca reverendissimi domini Ioannis Pistorii ... Additæ regiarum Aragoniæ & aliarum Hispaniæ familiarum tabulæ genealogicæ, subinctus sub finem index copiosissimus. 1906. v. 4: Hispaniæ illustratae; sev, Vrbivm rervmqve hispanicarvm, academiarvm, bibliothecarvm, clarorvm deniqve in omni disciplinarvm genere scriptorum...
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Schottus, Andreas, 1552-1629; Pistorius, Johann, 1546-1608; Schottus, Franciscus, 1548-1622; Karl Theodor, Elector Palatine and Elector of Bavaria, 1724-1799, former owner; Ernest, Count of Hesse-Cassel, 1623-1693, former owner; Biblioteca Palatina (Heidelberg, Germany), former owner
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Title varies; v. 3. Hispaniae illvstratæ; sev. Rervm in Hispania et præsertim in Aragonia gestarum scriptores varii. In Germania nunquam hactenus excusi. Ex bibliotheca reverendissimi domini Ioannis Pistorii ... Additæ regiarum Aragoniæ & aliarum Hispaniæ familiarum tabulæ genealogicæ, subinctus sub finem index copiosissimus. 1906. v. 4: Hispaniæ illustratae; sev, Vrbivm rervmqve hispanicarvm, academiarvm, bibliothecarvm, clarorvm deniqve in omni disciplinarvm genere scriptorum...
Headpieces; tailpieces
Topic: Spanish literature
Headpieces; tailpieces
Topic: Spanish literature
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Schottus, Andreas, 1552-1629; Pistorius, Johann, 1546-1608; Schottus, Franciscus, 1548-1622; Karl Theodor, Elector Palatine and Elector of Bavaria, 1724-1799, former owner; Ernest, Count of Hesse-Cassel, 1623-1693, former owner; Biblioteca Palatina (Heidelberg, Germany), former owner
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Title varies; v. 3. Hispaniae illvstratæ; sev. Rervm in Hispania et præsertim in Aragonia gestarum scriptores varii. In Germania nunquam hactenus excusi. Ex bibliotheca reverendissimi domini Ioannis Pistorii ... Additæ regiarum Aragoniæ & aliarum Hispaniæ familiarum tabulæ genealogicæ, subinctus sub finem index copiosissimus. 1906. v. 4: Hispaniæ illustratae; sev, Vrbivm rervmqve hispanicarvm, academiarvm, bibliothecarvm, clarorvm deniqve in omni disciplinarvm genere scriptorum...
Headpieces; tailpieces
Topic: Spanish literature
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Tapia, Eugenio de, 1776-1860, editor; Ticknor, George, 1791-1871, former owner
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Boston Public Library (Research Library) copy: ex libris (bookplate): George Ticknor; contains his ms. notes on verso preceding t.p.: "I think no more than these three numbers were ever published ... The most curious and important thing in them is an account of a MS. containing ninety-four slight popular dramatic compositions of the time of Lope de Vega and earlier."
Topic: Periodicals
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Moreto, Agustín, 1618-1669
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Caption title
Topic: Spanish drama (Comedy)
Boston Public Library (Rare Books Department) copy extensively ms. annotated in margins and on page following last page of text, noting sale price, purchaser, daily sales figures and total collection sale figure
Topic: Spanish literature
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Moreto, Agustín, 1618-1669
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Caption title
Topic: Spanish drama (Comedy)
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Moreto, Agustín, 1618-1669
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Comedia suelta
Topic: Spanish drama (Comedy)
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Moreto, Agustín, 1618-1669
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Comedia suelta
Topic: Spanish drama (Comedy)
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Moreto, Agustín, 1618-1669
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The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Moreto, Agustin, 1618-1669; Leefdael, Francisco de, fl. 1740-1753, printer
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Caption title
Topic: Spanish drama (Comedy)
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Moreto, Agustin, 1618-1669
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At head of title: "Num. 8."
Topic: Spanish drama (Comedy)
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Moreto y Cabaña, Agustín; Calderón de la Barca, Pedro., attributed name
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At head of title: "no.30"; "Comedia famosa,"
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Moreto y Cabaña, Agustín; Calderón de la Barca, Pedro., attributed name
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At head of title: "no.30"; "Comedia famosa,"
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Vega, Lope de, 1562-1635; Martínez, Francisco, fl. 1627-1645, printer; Innes, George, 1759-1842, former owner; Ticknor, George, 1791-1871, former owner
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Foliated
Black letter
Topics: Love, Happiness
Source: bplill
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Moreto, Agustín, 1618-1669
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Caption title
Topic: Spanish drama (Comedy)
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Moreto, Agustín, 1618-1669
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Caption title
Topic: Spanish drama (Comedy)
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Moreto, Agustín, 1618-1669
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Caption title
Topic: Spanish drama (Comedy)
Added title page in Spanish
Topics: Spanish language, English language
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Moreto, Agustín, 1618-1669
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Comedia suelta
Signatures: [pi]¹, A-E⁴ ( -A⁴, E⁴)
Topic: Charles III, King of Spain, 1716-1788
Dated and signed at end: "à los primeros de Nouie[m]bre año de 1632. El Comercio de los Mercaderes de Sevilla
Topic: Baltasar Carlos, Prince of Asturias, 1629-1646
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Calderón de la Barca, Pedro, 1600-1681
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George Ticknor
Topic: Drama
Title page within decorative border; headpiece; decorated initials
Topics: Solís, Antonio de, 1610-1686, Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint, Antigua, Nuestra Señora de la,...
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Calderón de la Barca, Pedro, 1600-1681
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Approximate date from Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg
Topic: Drama
Bound in vellum
Topics: Money, Coinage
Signatures: A-B4
Topic: Villanova, Thomas of, Saint, 1486-1555
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Calderón de la Barca, Pedro, 1600-1681
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Num. 91.--At head of title
Topic: Spanish drama
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Calderón de la Barca, Pedro, 1600-1681
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Num. 280.--At head of title
Topic: Spanish drama
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Calderón de la Barca, Pedro, 1600-1681
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Publication year estimate from British Library Group
Topic: Spanish drama
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Calderón de la Barca, Pedro, 1600-1681
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Caption title
Topic: Spanish drama
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Román, Gaspar; Ticknor, George, 1791-1871, former owner; Bolívar, Baltasar de, printer
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George Ticknor
Topic: Catholic Church
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Calderón de la Barca, Pedro, 1600-1681
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George Ticknor
Topic: Drama
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Calderón de la Barca, Pedro, 1600-1681
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Num. 164.--At head of title
Topic: Spanish drama
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Molina, Tirso de, 1571?-1648; Calderón de la Barca, Pedro, 1600-1681
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Actual author: Tirso de Molina
Topic: Drama
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Calderón de la Barca, Pedro, 1600-1681
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Date of publication from Gemeinsamen Biblioteksverbundes
Topic: Spanish drama
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Calderón de la Barca, Pedro 1600-1681; Imprenta Real (Seville, Spain), printer
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Num. 172.--At head of title
Topic: Spanish drama
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Calderón de la Barca, Pedro, 1600-1681
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George Ticknor
Topic: Drama
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Calderón de la Barca, Pedro, 1600-1681
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George Ticknor
Topic: Drama
George Ticknor
Topic: Catholic Church
The Ticknor Library of Spanish and Portuguese Literature
by Calderón de la Barca, Pedro, 1600-1681
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Num. 4.--At head of title
Topic: Spanish drama